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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 26, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Morgan County, W.Va., man was ordered Monday to serve a jail sentence of one to five years for concealing the dead body of a man who was found "discarded" in February 2008 in his vehicle in Berkeley County. Robert W. Unger, 48, who entered a no-contest plea to one felony count of concealment of a human body, also was fined $1,000 and ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to pay court costs. A no-contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but is stating that he will offer no defense.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 30, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY pepperb@herald-mail.com A badly decomposed body found Friday on an embankment on Hopps Landing Road has been identified as Lawrence "Larry" Mitchell Skoczynski, a 46-year-old Hagerstown man with an extensive criminal history, who was released from the Washington County Detention Center on June 8, according to the Sheriff's Department and court records. Skoczynski's death has not been ruled a homicide, but his death still is under investigation, Sheriff's Department Investigator Ryan Shifflet said.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Hagerstown Police officers on Friday afternoon were investigating the call for a dead body at 101 East Ave., Chief Arthur Smith said. Smith would not give additional information as of 5 p.m. As officers arrived on scene at about 3 p.m., people gathered on front porches in the neighborhood and watched the police activity. Police officers cordoned off a large area in front of the home with yellow police tape and shut the residence's front door. Sgt. Paul Kifer would provide additional information Friday evening, Smith said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 28, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY pepperb@herald-mail.com Steve Pettner doesn't look for the dead, he just finds them. After walking about 500 yards from his Hopps Landing Road cabin Friday, the former gravedigger was overcome by the smell of what he believed was a dead deer. He stopped and peered over a tree-lined embankment above Conococheague Creek, where he found a dead body. The body, whom police have not identified, is the third Pettner claims he's uncovered. "I said, 'Cripe.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2013
A second man has been arrested in a crypt-tampering case at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg. Richard Rowland Ruffner, 29, of 818 Near Bethels Way, Martinsburg, was arraigned Sunday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on 23 counts of disinterment of a dead body and one count of destruction of property, according to magistrate court records. Ruffner was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on $470,000 bond, according to jail and court records. His arrest comes after police said David P. Bowers III of Hedgesville, W.Va., told authorities that he helped Ruffner and a third, unidentified male open crypts from a mausoleum in the cemetery and take jewelry from the bodies, court records said.
NEWS
April 27, 2009
Chambersburg student dies after April 19 crash Dead body found in Sleepy Creek Motorcyclist killed in accident Preps Area Roundup -- Wildcats combine for track title Williamsport edges Boonsboro 11-10 for first win
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 2, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man faces additional crypt-tampering and destruction of property charges in connection with damage reported at a second Berkeley County cemetery, according to court records and police. Warrants issued Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate court charged David P. Bowers III with 10 counts of disinterment of a dead body and one count of destruction of property, according to court records. Bowers, 24, was arraigned last week on single felony counts of destruction of property and disinterment or displacement of a dead body stemming from a crypt-tampering case at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg.
NEWS
June 18, 2005
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Friday that they have charged a New Jersey man with murdering his wife, whose body was found in a remote wooded area in Fulton County, Pa., 10 years ago. Stephen Alfred Vanderbeek, 51, of Ramsey, N.J., was charged on June 8 with first-degree murder, third-degree murder and aggravated assault; a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Police said the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Vanderbeek in his hometown on Thursday.
NEWS
December 7, 2000
Police investigating homicide CLEAR SPRING - A dead body lying in a pool of blood was found in a National Pike home west of Clear Spring Thursday evening, according to Maryland State Police Cpl. G.E. Spickler. He said the death was being investigated as a homicide. State police were called to the home between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and were still on the scene after 10 p.m., said Spickler. A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said a person who was highly upset called for help at 7:07 p.m., a dispatcher said.
NEWS
March 8, 1997
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police released a description Saturday of the woman whose dead body was found stuffed inside a sleeper sofa behind a convenience store here Friday. The Martinsburg Police Department said the woman was a white female in her late 50s or early 60s, approximately 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. She had gray hair peppered with a brown, and was wearing upper dentures. The woman's eyes appeared to be brown. Her ears were not pierced. Police said she had a 13-inch long scar on her left hip, and a 6.5-inch scar on her right knee, which may have been from surgery.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 2, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man faces additional crypt-tampering and destruction of property charges in connection with damage reported at a second Berkeley County cemetery, according to court records and police. Warrants issued Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate court charged David P. Bowers III with 10 counts of disinterment of a dead body and one count of destruction of property, according to court records. Bowers, 24, was arraigned last week on single felony counts of destruction of property and disinterment or displacement of a dead body stemming from a crypt-tampering case at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2013
A second man has been arrested in a crypt-tampering case at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg. Richard Rowland Ruffner, 29, of 818 Near Bethels Way, Martinsburg, was arraigned Sunday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on 23 counts of disinterment of a dead body and one count of destruction of property, according to magistrate court records. Ruffner was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on $470,000 bond, according to jail and court records. His arrest comes after police said David P. Bowers III of Hedgesville, W.Va., told authorities that he helped Ruffner and a third, unidentified male open crypts from a mausoleum in the cemetery and take jewelry from the bodies, court records said.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | March 29, 2013
A story reported in the history of Pennsylvania is tragically being repeated today. As Euro-American settlers advanced into Indian territory, American Indians retaliated with fire, tomahawks and arrows. The frontier residents pleaded with the Colonial legislature in Philadelphia for protection - to no avail. In desperation, the settlers carried dead bodies to the city and deposited them on the sidewalk in hopes that such drama would get a change. This, too, failed because the Assembly was dominated by Quakers who, as pacifists, would not allocate funds for forts and armaments.
OPINION
January 18, 2012
When the soul leaves the body, only a corpse remains To the editor: The statement in the Dec. 30, 2011, Herald-Mail was that “Zell loaded the woman's body into his Chevy Blazer and took her to a cabin ...” Took “her” to a cabin? When one dies, there is no her, him, he or she left. Only the living stand alone as he, she, her or him. When the soul has left, the person is gone and only the corpse remains. It is disrespectful to the sanctity of life to refer to a dead body as though it is living.
OPINION
May 16, 2011
“Are we just celebrating bin Laden’s death or are we celebrating the many lives that will be saved in the future, due to his death?” — Hagerstown “This country, America, has witnessed, through photography, through the media, since the Civil War, horrific pictures of victims of war. Now all of a sudden we get one of the worst leaders ever in history — and I rank bin Laden along with Hitler and Mussolini and people like...
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | September 10, 2010
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The hearing for a man charged with the concealment of the body of slaying victim Stephen J. Tamburo Jr. was postponed Tuesday in Morgan County Circuit Court. The status hearing for Donovan "Donnie" Carl Younker, 28, was moved to Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. because the West Virginia Supreme Court has not yet made a decision on whether Younker's attorney may call Morgan County prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin as a witness,23rd Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh said. Younker's defense attorney wants McLaughlin as a witness because she attended the police interview of Younker on Sept.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 26, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Morgan County, W.Va., man was ordered Monday to serve a jail sentence of one to five years for concealing the dead body of a man who was found "discarded" in February 2008 in his vehicle in Berkeley County. Robert W. Unger, 48, who entered a no-contest plea to one felony count of concealment of a human body, also was fined $1,000 and ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to pay court costs. A no-contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but is stating that he will offer no defense.
NEWS
April 27, 2009
Chambersburg student dies after April 19 crash Dead body found in Sleepy Creek Motorcyclist killed in accident Preps Area Roundup -- Wildcats combine for track title Williamsport edges Boonsboro 11-10 for first win
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 9, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - The fee for people who investigate unusual deaths in Maryland could rise under a bill considered Thursday by a state Senate committee. The state pays deputy medical examiners, who must be physicians, $80 per case. A bill proposed by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, would make the fee a budget item instead of a law, allowing the rate to easily be raised. "We need to be able to pay an appropriate amount to get people who are able to do this," said Dr. David Fowler, Maryland's chief medical examiner.
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